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Goodyear introduced thread ribs for wing construction. As inflated wings find more uses, the thread rib will play a larger role. A section can be developed to show readers about this important kind of aircraft rib. Thread can be controlled in some advanced wings so that the airfoil can be altered during flight; programmed particular threads may retract or extend depending on the flight needs.
Textile ribs for wings
The Jalbert parafoil invention used textile ribs; textile ribs have since made possible toy to commercial huge textile ribs for wings. This section can be developed with citations. When the textile rib has breathing holes in it, then the air can communicate with other wing cells. But textile ribs that meant for hard inflation without communication have purposes.
Wood ribs for wings
Before double-surfaced airfoils, wood ribs embedded in the single-surface wing has a history and remaining importance. Double-surfaced wings have a few different kinds of wood ribs; ribs in upper surface only, ribs in both upper and lower surface, and ribs that are fully webbed with an upper contact with the upper surface of the wing and with a lower contact with the lower surface of the thick wing.
Ribs in morphable wings
Inflated and airbeam ribs
Ribs made of encased hard-inflated air bladders are formed to force airfoil shapes. Inflation pressure can be alterned in advance designs in order to gain flight assets. Tensairty is also a means of having inflated ribs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Joefaust (talk • contribs) 19:48, 21 February 2008 (UTC)